Civil and Political Rights: Contemporary Challenges (820M3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Civil and Political Rights are frequently cited as the core, fundamental human rights and are found in domestic constitutions as well as regional and international human rights instruments.

This module will explore the continuing relevance of Civil and Political Rights in the light of contemporary challenges and events.

Key challenges will be used in seminars to frame the exploration of the substantive content of rights (such as the right to life and the prohibitions on torture and slavery), as interpreted by international and regional human rights bodies.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 10 hours of contact time and about 140 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.